Better with Ultrasound: Transesophageal Echocardiography.
Chest. 2018 Oct 09;:
Authors: Jaidka A, Hobbs H, Koenig S, Millington SJ, Arntfield RT
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a safe and minimally invasive tool that can routinely provide high quality anatomic and hemodynamic information in the severely ill. Despite its potential for front-line acute care clinicians, TEE use has typically been reserved for diagnostic experts in the cardiac-surgical milieu. With the continued evolution of point-of-care ultrasound into increasingly sophisticated domains, TEE has gained steady uptake in many "non-traditional" environments for both advanced echocardiographic assessment as well as to answer more goal directed, fundamental questions. This article introduces the workings of the TEE transducer, presents a systematic approach to a goal-directed hemodynamic assessment, and includes a series of illustrative figures and narrated video presentations to demonstrate the techniques described.
PMID: 30312590 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]